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The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.’s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service, Washington City Paper is offering beleaguered riders this irregular round-up of recent media lowlights:
- A man who jumped in front of a Blue Line train at Metro Center on Wednesday has died of his injuries.
- The two Metro Transit Police officers who threw Dwight Harris from his wheelchair last weekend were suspended. They accused Harris of punching them, but one of their colleagues would’ve handled the situation differently.
- Metro’s GM called lowered train and bus arrival time expectations “a good way of managing.”
- The National Park Service might use sharpshooters to control deer populations. Who needs snipers to kill Bambi when Metro trains can do the job?
- Note to train operators: red means stop.
- A/C unit broken in your train car? The #hotcar list is back.
- Dr. Seuss inspired a list of #metrokidsbooks, starting with “Oh the Places You Won’t Go.”
It wasn’t all bad this week. Metro is thinking about revising its policy on tongue-twisting station names. If you like complaining at the agency’s public meetings, you’re in luck. And the agency welcomed a new spokesman. Good luck, pal.